Safe Water Bottles knows that there is a lot of information available about BPA. In an effort to simplify our readers’ search, Safe Water Bottles has answered a few of the most frequently asked questions about BPA for you!

Nalgene Water Bottles fall under the category of safe water bottles that you can find and before getting into the BPA discussion, let it be informed that they are completely safe to use and last for a longer period compared to other bottles and their reusability factor is their biggest asset.

BPA is the abbreviation used for bisphenol A, a synthetic chemical compound that was originally discovered in 1891. It is an industrial chemical compound that is used to make a type of plastic called polycarbonate, which is in turn used to make many of the products we use each day such as sports equipment, compact discs and DVDs, eyeglasses, and even infant formula!

Why is BPA harmful to humans?

BPA has been found to have several negative impacts on the reproductive systems of both men and women in lab studies. BPA mimics hormones, especially estrogen, and the effects on animals tested proved to be quite disturbing. Some of the side effects of the exposure to BPA were a delay in puberty and lower body weights compared to animals not exposed to BPA in unsafe levels.

It has also been shown that when some polycarbonates and plastics are heated, either in the dishwasher or in the microwave, BPA can leach out of the material more than 50 times as much as it does normally from plastic containers. This is a concern, because items such as baby bottles are reheated often.

This exposure to BPA has been linked to an increase in the risk of the development of breast cancer, especially when females are exposed to BPA at a young age. BPA has also been shown to decrease the sperm count in lab studies of male animals. There are also articles that suggest that BPA might be instrumental in the development of diabetes, aggressive behavior, heart disease, an in a decrease in the effectiveness of chemotherapy.

How can I avoid exposure to BPA?

It is virtually impossible to avoid BPA entirely, as it is a part of so many of the things we come into contact with every day.

It’s easy! Currently, safe water bottles are available from a number of retailers both online and in your home town. Options such as aluminum water bottles and stainless steel water bottles offer a BPA free storage alternative for you and your family’s drinks!

Aluminum water bottles may seem like a concern, but shouldn’t be. Research has shown that unlined aluminum containers shouldn’t be used as exposure to aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease. Aluminum water bottles are extremely lightweight, and are now made with a BPA free liner that makes it reusable, dishwasher safe, and in case the liner is ever damaged, the bottle is also recyclable.

Stainless steel water bottles, while not quite as lightweight as aluminum water bottles, need no liner, and are also a very durable option. Stainless steel water bottles don’t dent or crack easily, and so are the perfect choice for a child’s sports bag, or your own bag for the gym.